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    By mmteacher83

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    I teach fourth grade and Saxon 5/4 math. I have tried grading the assignments several different ways. Every morning I check off their name as they do their morning check in. That way I know who hasn't completed their homework from the night before.

    I have tried passing back the homework and checking the problems together. I hoped that if they got the problems wrong that they would ask questions to find out what they did wrong. This happened at first, but once the kids got comfortable with the process, they just erased the incorrect answer and write in the correct answer. In addition, this took a great deal of instructional time.

    For most of the time, I have been correcting each of the math lessons. Which as you know can range between 25-30 problems for each lesson. I would record a grade. Each problem being worth one point. Then I pass the paper back to the student and I give them a chance to review the problems together. I also give the kids a chance to correct their problems and turn the paper back in for an improved grade. I give them a full point back to the student if they corrected the problem. For a test, I give half of a point back if the student corrected the problem. This takes a lot of teacher time. I was fortunate enough to have a room mom help correct the homework. I corrected the tests.

    One of my coworkers has used an overhead spinner. On the circle around the spinner are the choices of what to do with the assignment. For example, grade the paper, go over as a class, etc. There are other choices, but I can't remember what they were. I am going to try this next year because that way I'll keep the kids guess as to what will happen with their homework.

    I hope this helps.

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